Chamber Coda by Jessica Mehta

Homage to von Humbolt

This collage featuring a fictionalized portrait of the 18th C. naturalist, Alexander von Humbolt, focuses on the topic, “Ecological entanglements and the interconnectedness of life forms, structures, nature, biology and botany.” What interests me most is the way in which the human body/anatomy corresponds to structures in nature, plants, trees, and the landscape. This can manifest itself either internally or externally in the form of patterns, designs, or metaphorical context; the subtle yet enchanting similarities between the inner life of plants, trees, and humans. What are humans if not plants, trees, and fungi, themselves made-up of organic material?

Kathy Bruce is an environmental sculptor and collage artist born in Ithaca, New York. She received an M.F.A from Yale University School of Art and a certificate from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Ms. Bruce is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Fulbright Hayes Senior Scholarship Grant for Lecturing and Research in Puno Peru 2012 and 1983, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship. She has exhibited her work in the US, and internationally including the UK, Senegal, Taiwan, France, Denmark, Peru and Canada.


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